So, as Paul was saying, “God’s plan for imparting righteousness to men (which means the ability to stand before YHWH without fear, guilt or shame)— which is what they absolutely need—was a process begun and continued by their faith!” To establish the need for this, Paul looks at the world around him. In the following verses, through chapter two and most of chapter three, Paul will simply analyze what humanity is like, taking the two apparent divisions of mankind: the righteous, and the unrighteous”
The apostle starts with the unrighteous, those whom we would call The Bad People—the reprobates; perverts; degenerates; the outcasts of society. First, he summarizes this class in one verse, (verse 18):
Now the holy anger of God is disclosed from Heaven against the godlessness and evil of those men who render truth dumb and impotent by their wickedness—they suppress the truth by their wickedness—they push the truth away from them. —Romans 1:18
That says a bunch. It says that the problem with men is that they have the truth, but they will not look at it; instead, they suppress it, they ignore it, they push it away from them. If you want proof of that, I suggest you look at your own heart. We push the things we do not want to deal with down into our subconscious mind. We do not want to think about them. I am currently dealing with this myself. My current diet and lack of exercise is beginning to have its toll on my body. After an experience with a heart catheter, I have discovered how much it has affected me. Now I have to quit thinking about my diet and exercise, and actually doing it.
This is also why men keep so busy in the rat-race of life, never wanting to be alone, never wanting to stop and think, or really look at things, but always attempting to keep busy in a constant whirl of life.
I heard a story of a man who made an appointment with the famous psychologist Carl Jung to get help for chronic depression. Jung told him to reduce his fourteen-hour workday to eight, go directly home, and spend the evenings in his study, quiet and all alone. The depressed man went to his study each night, shut the door, read a little Herman Hesse or Thomas Mann, and played a few Chopin etudes or some Mozart. After weeks of this, he returned to Jung complaining that was no improvement. Once he found out how the man had spent his time, Jung said, “But you didn’t understand. I did not want you to be with Hesse or Mann or Chopin or Mozart. I wanted you to be completely alone.” The man looked terrified and exclaimed, “I can’t think of any worse company.” That, my friends is what we do. We cannot face being alone with ourselves for even 15 minutes. We are terrified just to think of it.
If interested, you can download the entire study of The Letter to Christians at Rome